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What is IT Governance?

What is IT Governance?

IT governance or ITG refers to how IT processes are managed within an organization. Effective IT governance ensures that the systems in place are efficient, fit for purpose, and aligned with organizational goals.

In healthcare, IT governance should consider how patient data is managed and compliance with relevant laws and regulations. IT systems must also promote patient agency and transparency, while ensuring the systems in place support healthcare professionals to perform their duties.

Key IT Governance Considerations in Healthcare

One of the largest concerns for healthcare professionals is data protection and management. Often referred to separately as information governance, this aspect of IT governance includes compliance with HIPAA while ensuring patients can determine exactly how their data is used.

IT governance specialists also need to consider how data is stored and the security processes of any third parties handling that data. For that reason, there's no "one size fits all" approach to creating a clinical IT governance framework. Some organizations may handle all their data on-site, while others may leverage cloud-based solutions. Each will require different security and data management protocols.

Many healthcare organizations worry about the costs associated with digitalization and the implementation of new systems. However, legacy systems and poor IT governance can cost more in the long run. Both can lead to mismanagement of patient data and worsened patient outcomes. Healthcare providers could also be at risk of financial losses due to a failure to protect patient information.

Conversely, when healthcare providers invest in IT governance, including updating to newer, more effective systems, they can enjoy increased brand reputation and profits.

How TempDev Can Help With IT Governance

Effective electronic health records (EHR) increase the efficiency of internal processes and data management, both critical aspects of IT governance. TempDev's team of experienced consultants, trainers, and developers support your IT governance approach by consulting with you on how to optimize EHR workflows.

We can perform an assessment of your current EHR systems and complement your existing processes with NextGen tools. Use EHR reports like task audits to ensure nothing slips through the cracks.

We also improve interoperability between health systems, including the implementation of HIE exchange best practices, benefiting both healthcare providers and the local community. From dashboards to automation and workflow redesign, TempDev offers the comprehensive resources and tools you need to improve IT governance across your organization.

Contact us here or by calling us at 888.TEMP.DEV to understand your options.

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